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I have never fished with rattle reels. The way my house is set up I want to put in 6 or so. I picked up the catch cover brand. How do you spool them. and what size line do you use.

 

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Best thing out there is fly fishing line.  You can get it in about any color you want and it doesn't coil and rarely knots up.  It's also fairly thick so it is easier to hand-line with and doesn't cut into your hands when you hook into a big fish.  I use a level taper (uniform diameter throughout entire line length).  I don't know what the coating is but it is fairly intermediate sinking rate.  Just don't get floating line.

 

I then use a 4-5' piece of 12lb Fireline as a leader and tie my hooks directly to it.  Since the fly fishing line is really hard to tie knots with, you will need to use some different knots like the Albright, Nail Knot, or Blood Knot to attach the leader to the fly line. 

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I second the fly line.  It is great for tangle resistance.

 

My favorite tip is to use different colors on each reel.  When the northern comes through and tangles up all your lines it makes things way easier.  

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Cheap fly line is only a couple bucks A roll. Don't spend a lot.  It's usually in ice fishing sections not fly line places 

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I was wondering what fly line I should get. There is all kinds of fly line out there. This is good stuff and I thank you guys for all your help.

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Just look around at a sporting goods shop ,

there Is coated tip up line you can use or fly line .  Most of the time

i put about 60' of it on and a 4-5' leader of mono 4  lbs for crapies and

6-8 lbs for wallyes 

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The stuff we use is hardly even considered fly line, it's the absolute cheapest stuff out there. Go to a bait shop or similar place. It doesn't even come in a package, it's just a roll usually tied together by itself. If anyone had a roll to post a picture it would help him. Too many people go buy real fly line and first off there's different kinds and second it's expensive. If I remember I'll post a picture of this stuff tonight. 

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I wish I could remember the details on the line I got.  It came from Fleet Farm in Lakeville, and was tough to find, but their page doesn't show anything I recognize.

 

 

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Here's the stuff we use, around here anyway. It's such cheap stuff it doesn't even have a label or a brand name. It's usually just in a box on a bottom shelf or on a peg. Holiday gas station on Mill Ave usually has it if your near Brainerd.I think it was about $2.99 a roll, it's long enough 90% of the time but many back it with cheap dacron or anything you have leftover in case you hook a wild northern.

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would it work in below freezing temps ? I like to use set line and hand over hand them so the line ends up laying on the ice and is subject to tangles and freezing

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2 hours ago, Cheers said:

would it work in below freezing temps ? I like to use set line and hand over hand them so the line ends up laying on the ice and is subject to tangles and freezing

 

Fly  line is perfect for those conditions.   

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It's great if you're talking about rattle reels but too heavy/bulky for tip ups I think. Probably work on the big spools though but I think thats too tight to wind it without getting coils. 

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